Henry Hawk News

Week of October 3, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

As we start the month of October, we want to remind everyone that the weather is getting a bit cooler. We will continue to be outside for recess and for arrival; therefore, please have your child dressed for the weather.

Have a great week!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

Trunk or Treat

Counselor's Corner (New!)

Hawkeyes (Photos From The Week) (New!)

Important Forms

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Why Attendance Matters


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Upcoming Important Dates


Monday, October 10th: No Classes Indigenous Peoples' Day

Tuesday, October 11th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Friday, October 14th: Parent Advisory Committee CIWP Presentation @ 8:30 a.m. (Auditorium)

Tuesday, October 18th: Parent Advisory Committee Organization Meeting @ 8:30 a.m. (Auditorium)

Thursday, October 20th: Last Day of Quarter 1

Friday, October 21st: No Classes School Improvement Day

Thursday, October 27th: Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30th: Hawk of the Month @ 2:30 p.m.


Friday, November 4th: Q1 Honors Assembly

Sunday, November 6th: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall 1 hour behind)

Tuesday, November 8th: No Classes Election Day

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 15th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Friday, November 18th: Turkey Trot

Monday: November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22nd - Friday November 15th: Thanksgiving Break


Friday, December 2nd: Progress Reports

Monday, December 5th - Friday December 9th: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, December 13th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 21st: PreK-4 Winter Sing

Thursday, December 22nd: End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, December 23rd: No Classes School Improvement Day

Monday, December 26th - Friday January 6th: No Classes Winter Break

Trunk or Treat (Thursday, October 27, 2022)

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What is Trunk or Treat? It’s a community event where parents/guardians will park their cars in between Henry’s main building and the annex and decorate their trunks. Children “trick or treat” by going from car trunk to car trunk rather than going door to door at homes.

When? Thursday, October 27th.

Where? Patrick Henry School (between the main building and the annex)

Time? 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

We need community participation in order to make our third Trunk or Treat a success! Please read through the different ways you can help listed in the form below.

Counselor's Corner

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Hello Henry Families,

October is Bullying Awareness Month. To help commemorate this, we wanted to share some warning signs if your child is bullied and what you can do as a parent to help them. Next week we will share some more resources.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Here are 8 steps you can take when your child is being bullied.

1. Listen to What Your Child Has to Say

2. Don’t Retaliate Against the Bully or His Family

3. Coach Your Child on How to React

4. Find a Teacher or Administrator at Your Child’s School Who Will Help

5. Take Your Child’s Side

6. Get Support

7. Teach Your Child to Name What’s Happening

8. Find Something Your Child Is Really Good at Doing

Have a great week!

Mrs. Garfinkel and Mr. Renas

Hawkeyes (Photos From The Week)

Important Forms

All Henry families need to complete and submit the attached forms for the start of the school year. This information is CRITICAL for us as a school. Thank you for completing all forms ASAP. Forms can be turned in person in the main office, to your child's teacher, or electronically to Ms. Barrera (abarrera1@cps.edu). Need forms in Spanish, please contact the main office.

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress. Need to learn how to set up Parent Portal? Contact the Main Office at 773-534-5060 or click on the link above.

Why Attendance Matters



  • All visitors, including parents, visiting a school must behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and visitor protocol while on CPS property. Every visitor must check in at the security check-point at the main entrance (Door #2). The security officer will ask for a valid state ID or driver's license from the visitor. If a state ID or driver's license is not available, the security officer will check in the visitor by manually typing their information into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Visitors who fail or refuse to provide valid identification or other identifying information will not be allowed entry into the building.
  • Once a visitor has been checked into the VMS, the visitor will receive a badge that must be visibly worn and escorted throughout the building during their visit. Visitors who do not wear their badge must be redirected to the security check-point. If a parent seeks to visit a classroom to observe their child, the parent should request permission from the teacher and/or school staff to discuss appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.

Covid Protocols

Covid Protocols:

  • Close contacts will no longer be excluded from school. Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide schools with rapid take-home tests to distribute to families and staff members if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure a safe in-person learning environment.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. Cases should continue to be reported to cps.edu/covidresults

  • Wearing a mask is still an important way to prevent spreading the virus to others. CPS will continue to strongly recommend masking in school, and masks will continue to be required in the following situations:

    • On days 6-10 after testing positive for COVID-19

    • If someone is exposed to COVID-19

    • If there is a positive case identified in an elementary school classroom

    • At the direction of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not individuals participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Parents or guardians must register on behalf of a student under 18 years old. When you’re asked to enter an Organization ID, use your child’s 8 digit CPS Student ID which can be found on Aspen's parent portal or ask your child's teacher.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds